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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 09:44 AM
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Posted By Iain
A very large Burmese dha

As the last dha I posted got a good reaction I thought members might enjoy this one as well. Quite a different animal to the petite one I last posted... this is 113cm overall and over 1kg in weight....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 07:50 AM
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Posted By Iain
Thanks for the kind comment. Learning is what...

Thanks for the kind comment. Learning is what drives me to collect and I tend to focus on the somewhat unusual examples.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 07:49 AM
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Posted By Iain
It could well be, most often I've seen rosewood...

It could well be, most often I've seen rosewood used but the grain on this one is different.

It really is a charming little blade, the mix of fullers and different profiles on the spine I find...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 07:45 AM
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Posted By Iain
Two native Burmese speakers.

Two native Burmese speakers.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 08:53 AM
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Posted By Iain
A Burmese dha with some interesting features

Its been a long time since I shared anything from my collection which pivoted to mainly Asian arms over the pandemic after a long hiatus from collecting anything. I'll gradually post a few dha/daab...
Forum: Swap Forum 12th May 2021, 06:47 AM
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Posted By Iain
Bhutanese sword for sale

Selling a nice Bhutanese piece with good age. Item is located within the EU. Asking 400 EUR, shipping within the EU is usually around 20 EUR. Happy to ship anywhere but cost will depend on location....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd April 2021, 09:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,071
Posted By Iain
Thanks Ian, the top one is Thai (northern), while...

Thanks Ian, the top one is Thai (northern), while the middle is Burmese, likely Ava region, and the bottom Lao (probably from around Luang Prabang).

I agree storing in scabbards long term is not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st April 2021, 06:31 PM
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Posted By Iain
I'm a fan of clear plastic, I had these custom...

I'm a fan of clear plastic, I had these custom made a while ago. relatively narrow slots.
Forum: European Armoury 6th January 2021, 08:11 PM
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Posted By Iain
Fair enough, the photography merely seemed...

Fair enough, the photography merely seemed familiar. I won't comment further other than the inlay rings many alarm bells already detailed nicely by Reventlov.
Forum: European Armoury 6th January 2021, 08:59 AM
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Views: 1,926
Posted By Iain
Wasn't this a timeline auctions piece? :rolleyes:

Wasn't this a timeline auctions piece? :rolleyes:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th September 2019, 08:43 AM
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Posted By Iain
The blade geometry based on the small photos...

The blade geometry based on the small photos looks likely to indicate a locally made blade.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th September 2019, 12:27 PM
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Posted By Iain
This does not strike me as a blade that was ever...

This does not strike me as a blade that was ever in takouba mounts. Better pictures will of course be needed to give a more detailed opinion.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th September 2019, 03:37 PM
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Posted By Iain
The pommel was often formed purely from leather....

The pommel was often formed purely from leather. Wrapped until the desired width of the pommel was achieved.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st September 2019, 02:59 PM
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Posted By Iain
This is Sudanese. This style was in vogue during...

This is Sudanese. This style was in vogue during the Mhadist period.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2019, 02:42 PM
Replies: 20
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Posted By Iain
Yep, that's the usual blade size, these are very...

Yep, that's the usual blade size, these are very much of a size, although the exact length of fullers etc seems to vary a little due to the hand made nature. Given the extensive use of water powered...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2019, 01:51 PM
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Posted By Iain
Yes Jim, I would not dispute a Kull attribution...

Yes Jim, I would not dispute a Kull attribution for the blade and a mid 19th century dating. The guards are still a bit of a mystery in that we know they were made locally but have the one odd...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2019, 09:54 PM
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Views: 4,991
Posted By Iain
Yes, it mimics European latten work on blade...

Yes, it mimics European latten work on blade marks which I have detailed on various takouba before. Just two examples are attached.

I think as well it was likely done in bulk in a workshop for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2019, 08:25 PM
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Posted By Iain
Yes the blade is circa 1850. The guards were also...

Yes the blade is circa 1850. The guards were also exported it appears. There is a period French reference for this. The inlay is almost certainly local. So potentially the guard is European made....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2019, 03:35 PM
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Posted By Iain
Far as I can see it is exactly what it appears to...

Far as I can see it is exactly what it appears to be. Good quality guard and Solingen export blade. Other buyers may have been put off by the hilt condition and lack of scabbard? :shrug:
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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th August 2019, 07:18 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 23,133
Posted By Iain
Agreed, my point was simply that in a broader...

Agreed, my point was simply that in a broader sense, these hilts were being found within these areas. One was even discovered in Poland a few years ago.

Returning a little closer to Yemen, similar...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th August 2019, 01:40 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 23,133
Posted By Iain
These hilt styles, often made with cast parts and...

These hilt styles, often made with cast parts and a "cuff" extension over the blade are part of a larger family with roots in central Asia. Similar hilts can be seen on reliefs documented in Bishapur...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd August 2019, 08:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,053
Posted By Iain
An interesting piece, as Ed has alluded to this...

An interesting piece, as Ed has alluded to this is very much a collection if differing elements.

The hilt style is found on daggers in areas like Dongola and Kordafan. The silver is a reused...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th July 2019, 10:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,902
Posted By Iain
You will find some rust under the dark patches...

You will find some rust under the dark patches for sure. By the way Edster is the author of the article series on kaskara. I agree with the dating.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th July 2019, 11:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,838
Posted By Iain
The others have summed this up quite well, almost...

The others have summed this up quite well, almost certainly a northern Italian blade of the late 16th century.

I think this likely had a guard at some point, however it still remains one of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th July 2019, 06:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,399
Posted By Iain
Depending on the geometry and steel quality it...

Depending on the geometry and steel quality it would certainly be a possibility. These older blades generally have a very gentle lenticular cross section after the fuller, newer ones new seem to be...
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